-DJ Critical Hype links with A3C Festival to create an unthinkable mashup mixtape featuring your favorite 2 Chainz vocals over classic Wu Tang Clan production titled, Wu Chainz (36 Trap Houses).

For those who are adamant that 2 Chainz is void of lyrical talent, I encourage you to check out this incredible mix of “old” and “new school” Hip-Hop. Blend Master, DJ Critical Hype, works his magic and mixes some of Wu-Tang Clan’s best instrumentals with some of 2 Chainz’s most notable and respected bars.

When making a statement aboutWu Chainz (36 Trap Houses), Wu Tang Clan’s RZA wrote that,

“It’s a bonanza to hear 2 Chainz rip a classic Wu beat… He’s one of the great lyricist from the south that proved lyricism is not regional but based on talent dedication focus and experience… Whether you’re from the Slums of Shaolin or the Wards of the South, hip-hop is our voice.”

2 Chainz, an avid fan of Wu Tang Clan, was ecstatic about the mixtape. So much so, he publicly expressed his satisfaction with the project on his Instagram page.

As you can imagine, DJ Critical Hype was excited to have been recruited by A3C Festival and has this to say about his experience:

“I thought the concept was sick and was instantly curious about how it would sound… Grinding the project out over the last few months, it became clear pretty quickly 2 Chainz’s witty southern raps sounded right at home over the incredible RZA/Wu production. I always enjoy the process of blending 2 different sounds together to create something new – so having the opportunity to do it with a legendary act like Wu-Tang and one of my favourite artists in 2 Chainz has been an amazing experience.”

For those whose love of Wu Tang Clan was just reawakened withWu Chainz (36 Trap Houses), you can check out the entire crew this weekend at the one and only A3C Festival on October 6th. Grab your tickets now at the official A3C Festival website.

– Back in 1999, one of the founding members of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, released his final solo project titled, Nigga Please.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Final Official Album, ‘Nigga Please’

By ’99, Ol’ Dirty Bastard had already made a name for himself in a way that only he could. Not only did his rugged, half-sung, free associative rhyme scheme make him one of a kind, but he had also become quite the public personality. He had been saving children’s lives, triggering welfare reform, and preceding Kanye West with his classic interruption at the 1998 Grammy Awards up until that point. So, when ODB released his second solo album, Nigga Please, this distinct character had accrued a massive following that he would be aiming to please yet again.

The album opens up in dramatic fashion with “Recognize” as comedian Chris Rock, Pharrell Williams, and ODB himself tenaciously let you know that you need to recognize who Ol’ Dirty Bastard is. He then goes on to deliver gems like “I Can’t Wait”, “You Don’t Want to Fuck with Me”, and his rendition of Rick James’ “Cold Blooded”. Also featured on the album was ODB’s smash hit “Got Your Money” featuring Kelis who was making her debut appearance. The track reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a large international success.

Nigga Please was also heavily supported by masterful production from legends like The Neptunes, Irv Gotti, and of course, RZA. The all-star team of producers whipped up an incredible assortment of sounds that included samples and inspiration from Slick Rick, Rick James, Labelle, and even the theme song from American TV Drama, T.J. Hooker.

While Nigga Please wasn’t met with the same critical praise as ODB’s first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, it still did considerably well commercially. With the added fact that ODB was able to write and record the album in between jail sentences, it becomes that much more evident of the talent that he possessed.

R.I.P. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Written by DJ Robinson

– On August 1st, 1995, Mafioso themed artistry was forever ingrained into hip-hop culture with the release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx A.K.A The Purple Tape; Wu-Tang member Raekwon’s debut solo album.

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is fueled by a heavy dosage of gritty street-inspired tales, a sequential movie-like vibe including Kung Fu and Mafia film clips (courtesy of RZA of course), and countless allusions to organized crime – particularly that of American Mafia culture. And, while Kool G Rap is generally credited as the official originator of Mafioso rap, Raekwon and The Wu’s formula allowed that subculture to truly permeate the streets, dubbing it an instant classic. So much so, it inspired themes, characters, and personas of many other legendary hip-hop albums including Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt (1996) and Notorious B.I.G’s Life After Death (1997). Wu-tang Clan found themselves trendsetting at every turn in tracks like “Wu Gambinos” where you’ll find the entire collective giving themselves alter egos just like the mobsters they’re emulating – a tactic later used by Tupac Shakur (Makaveli), Notorious B.I.G (Frank White), and Nas (Escobar) to name a few.

Other factors that led to the incredible reception of this album included the beginning of the Raekwon-Ghostface Killah duo, the introduction of Cristal as a staple drink in Black culture, an unexpected feature from Nas, and even slang terms deriving from the Supreme Alphabet and Supreme Mathematics of the Five Percent Nation.

Very few people outside of the great Raekwon and his fellow Wu-Tang Clan group members/affiliates can shift an entire culture the way that Only Built 4 Cuban Linx did. Although Wu-Tang Clan has left a trail of greatness everywhere that they’ve stepped, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, is often regarded as one of the two best solo projects ever created by a Wu-Tang member, alongside GZA’s Liquid Swords.

According to RZA, “The only two albums I did with nobody fucking with me was Linx and Liquid Swords. I was on a mission.” Well…that explains a lot.

Make sure you take the time to get a few listens out of this project. It’s well worth it as you may even find some hidden gems, such as material sampled in Jay Z’s 4:44 album.